COLUMBUS — A season-long quest to win a Division II state bowling championship came to an unsatisfying end for the Jonathan Alder High School girls bowling team.
The Lady Pioneers went into the OHSAA championship tournament Friday, March 3, at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl with high hopes, but it just wasn’t their day as they finished disappointing seventh.
Alder successfully got out of the qualifying round placing seventh. The team scored a total of 2,485 after three regular games. It went into the three Baker game portion of the qualifying round eighth. Baker games of 171, 166 and 189 moved the squad up one spot to seventh with a grand total of 3,011, a mere 10 pins clear of Northmor (3,001).
Lower than it had hoped to be, but still in the champions bracket the Pioneers had a fighter’s chance. The problem was as the seventh seed coach Rusty Walter’s squad had to lock horns with powerhouse Coldwater in the quarterfinals. Alder just didn’t have the firepower on this day and fell three games to none.
The Lady Pioneers posted games of 147, 144 and 151, compared to the Cavaliers 182, 172 and 156. Coldwater would continue to stay hot the rest of the day, knocking off Norton in the semifinal and rolling over Willard to claim the D-II state championship.
Individually the Pioneers were just not as good as they’ve been this season.
Juniors Rena Kirts (549) and Rachel Kaeser (548) led the way for Alder finishing 18th and 19th respectively. Kirts posted games of 183, 172 and 194. Kaeser came in with scores of 169, 188 and 191.
Senior Trisha Fox rolled a 496 series (167, 189, 140) for 51st place. But perhaps the biggest surprise was senior standout Mackenzie Heimlich coming in uncharacteristically low. She placed 54th with a 492 series (160, 201, 131). Junior Hallie Nichols rolled a 400 series (111, 132, 157) to come in 87th place.
The Jonathan Alder boys will take a swing at the D-II boys state championship Saturday, March 4, back at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Bowling will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadpressSports.